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Mrs. Preppy

But, I am not really that preppy

Updated: 2017-02-08T22:43:23.092-06:00


The Rules -#1


No, not the rules on how to snag a man and get hitched. The rules for my life. But, nothing serious. :) Just the silly things in my life. Such as candles and holiday cards.

So, here is rule #1.

All white.

Remember that Sex and the City episode where Carrie goes to a party and they only serve white drinks? Well, this is kind of like that.

I prefer white candles, white sheets and white towels.

See? I told you these rules were kind of ridiculous. Let me back up and say that I didn't have these same rules a couple of years ago when I got married, so I have tan towels and brown sheets. BUT- I do have white candles and as soon as I replace my sheets and towels - they will be white.

Love x2


Will you be our valentine?

Boob gap


Time to blow the dust off this ol' blog.

I've been thinking about turning it into a project/cooking type of thing, but who knows.  I am not doing awesome projects on a daily basis, but when I do do something great I am going to post it and tell everyone about it. ha!

The other day I pulled a huge stack of my button down blouses out of the closet and went to town ironing shut the boob gaps.  You know what I am talking about - that annoying thing your shirt does once you are past the 6th grade.

It is super easy.  All you need is an iron, a package of Heat'n Bond and some scissors.

Cut strips to fit the the spots between the buttons and then remove one side of the paper.  Iron this onto the fabric and then let it cool.  Once cooled, remove the other part of the paper and rebutton the shirt.  You then iron the area again, bonding the fabric together.

You can wash and iron like normal.  I normally don't tumble dry shirts like this, but I would assume drying on low heat would be ok. 

Once completed, you will have a stack full of blouses that won't expose your boobs/bra.

Thank The Troops


I am sure you all are thinking that this blog is turning into a Shutterfly blog.  Well, it isn't.  Promise.

But - here is another great campaign that Shutterfly currently has.  According to Shutterfly -

It’s more than a card, it’s thank you for our freedom.
Over 1.5 million troops serve our great nation. Many of them will be overseas, in harm’s way, and away from their families over this holiday season. Our mission is simple—to send a thank you card to every American hero. To succeed we need your support. Just select a card from our 4 different designs, add a personal message (or photo) and click send. Shutterfly will print and ship your card to the troops at no cost to you.

I just created my card and you should also! 

Shutterfly - Christmas Cards


It is that time again.  Time to get coordinating outfits.  Make sure everyone is looking at the camera.  Make sure it is not too hot, too cold, too sunny, or raining.  And then cross your fingers that you get one Christmas card worthy photograph.

Once you get that lucky picture, then comes the fun part - picking out the Christmas card.

Shutterfly to the rescue.  We have ordered Christmas cards from Shutterfly for the past couple of years.  They have lots of cute designs, the paper quality of really nice and they have fast shipping. 

I have been browsing their site to pick out our family card for this year - here are a couple of my favorites.

You should go check out Shutterfly and the other special offers they have going on.  And if you like what you see, cross your fingers because you might get lucky and win a $50 credit to Shutterfly for your holiday cards.  (It does not include shipping & cannot be combined with any other promos) Leave a comment on this post and I will randomly draw a winner.  Contest ends on October 29!

*This is a compensated post, but all opinions are my own.  I really do love Shutterfly.

What Is On My Phone


What have I been snapping pics of these past couple of weeks?  Well..... Miss A has is such a little fish.  We are at the pool all the time and she just swims all over the place.   You never know when you will find the inspiration for a birthday party.... My mom bought this massive armoire from Wisteria, yet it was too big for where she was wanting to put it.  So, I rearranged some things and it is now in our study.  I wish I could decorate my entire house with Wisteria furniture.  My next furniture refinishing project will be to repaint the piece of furniture that our tv sits on in the game room.  Normally, I go for white, but this time I think I am going to paint it this beautiful teal / turquoise - Galapagos Turquoise. Isn't this runner great? I saw it on Designer Bags and Diaper Bags blog and I have been obsessed with getting a huge rug like this for our living room.  If you have seen something like this, send me a link! I had an Erin Condren planner last year and while it goes until the end of the year, I was ready for something new.  And smaller.  And cheaper.  And smaller.  I just ordered this ikat planner from May Books and I am excited to start using it.  I really wish that I had known about this company when Baby N was born - I would have loved the baby diary feature.  I am about to do a post on what we do to pass the time when it is 115 degrees outside.... one of the things is mall walking with Kate and Baby L. And if you've ever been to North Park in Dallas, you know that no kid can walk by the turtles and ducks and not slide down this huge planter. Baby N is also a huge fan of the water.   Sweet sisters at the pool. Miss A loves to play with the camera on my phone and it is always funny to see what all she has taken pictures of.  While working on this post, I was watching the Rogers/Dalhausser beach volleyball match.  That young girl is Rogers' daughter, but what I am more interested in is what is going on behind her.  See that bottle of wine and plastic cup?  I guess the Olympics is BYOB.  Awesome. [...]

Shutterfly - Long Live Summer Photo Contest


**Compensated post**

Shutterfly is having a photo contest right now and you have the possibility to win a vacation to the Bahamas!

It is a multi-week summer themed photo sweepstakes with instant win prizes, enter HERE

Win a trip for four to The Bahamas and a professional photo shoot so you’ll remember your vacation forever.  All you need to do is upload your favorite photo and caption based on the theme of the week.  Get a gift from Shutterfly just for entering! You can enter at any point during the 5-week sweepstakes period.

•       Week 1(7/9): Americana
•       Week 2 (7/16): Great Outdoors
•       Week 3 (7/23): Water Fun
•       Week 4 (7/30): Sports & Activities
•       Week 5 (8/6): Parties & Celebrations

•      Instant win prizes just for submitting a photo!
•      Weekly prizes (contestants can enter one time/week)
•      Weekly featured photos: up to 5 weekly entries will be selected from the gallery and featured on the Facebook fan page and awarded a $500 gift card on Shutterfly and a copy of the new Lonely Planet travel photography book.
•      Grand prize: trip for 4 to Bahamas, 4 nights, family photo shoot

Shutterfly Sweepstakes Official Rules

Melted Crayon Art


The girls and I normally spend Fridays with my dad - we call it Poppa Day.  Miss A loves getting to spend this time with him and looks forward to Fridays all week long.... and I love having a little help with A and N, plus I love spending time with my dad.  Last Friday, we did a backyard art project during Poppa Day.  We made a melted crayon canvas... I am not sure who ended up having more fun - Miss A or me.  ha! It was easy to do didn't cost much at all.  (I also got to play with my new toy, so I had some fun taking pics of everything. If you have any great DSLR tutorials, please pass them along!) All you do is hot glue Crayola crayons along the top of an art canvas and then let the heat from the sun work some magic.  I propped the canvas up using a flower pot and made sure to cover the picnic table with newspaper.  It took about 45 minutes, in the heat of the day, before anything started to happen.  We had actually just stepped outside to check on it when the first crayon melted down the canvas.  And once the crayons started melting, it only took about 45 minutes until we thought it was done.  We carefully moved it to the shade to dry...I thought the little "rivers" of brightly colored melted wax looked really neat, so I snapped away...Now, all I need to do is made room for it on the gallery wall in the game room.[...]

Shabby Chic Dresser


Looks like I took an accidental little hiatus .....  oops.  Life with 2 gets super busy, and before you know it, 2 months have gone by and your little ol' blog has cobwebs on it.  Last summer we transitioned Miss A to a big girl room - she got a new room and we kept the nursery the same for Baby N. I had an idea of how I wanted her room to look and I am pretty pleased with the finished product.... It is a shabby chic, feminine and full of refinished antique furniture.  I am waiting on a couple more pillows to be made, but in the meantime, I thought I would do a post on refinishing her dresser.  Yes, big and pregnant and in the heat of the summer I was sanding, painting and working on transforming a beat up antique dresser to a perfectly polished piece.  I also refinished her bed and a little chair.  Here is the dresser before:I bought the piece from Gypsy Soul Interiors.  (If you are in Texas or Alabama and want vintage furniture - she is your gal. Check her out here.) My first step was to lightly remove all of the hardware and drawers and lightly sand the entire piece.  Once I was able to get some of the old paint off, I was better able to see the areas that needed some extra TLC.   I am sure you can fill holes and scratches and then prime, but whenever I refinish pieces, I prime and then fill areas with wood filler.  I am pretty detailed in this step - why put all of this time and effort into a piece if you are still going to have little dings and scratches? I worked on the top of the dresser....Corners....Filled in the old hardware holes in the drawers....And used lots of wood glue and putty on the door... I also removed the old feet and added these new wood ones.  I love how these look with the rounded lines on the bottom of the legs.  After all of the wood filler and wood glue was dry, I sanded the entire piece again to have a super smooth painting surface.  Tip - After sanding, wipe down the entire piece with a tacky, glue like cheese cloth to remove all of the dust. I did 3 coats of paint - semi gloss Benjamin Moore Decorators White. After each coat of paint, I would lightly sand with a super fine grit sand paper and then wipe down with the tacky cheese cloth.  All of these steps take quite a while to do, but it really results in a professional looking piece of furniture.  Once everything was painted and sanded for the last time, I did a coat of satin polycrylic on everything.  Had this been going in an adult room, I might have just done the top of the dresser.... but, since it was going in a little kid room, I decided to do it all.  Since I had filled in all of the hardware holes, I had to drill new holes for new hardware.  This part stressed me out - I had done so much work, I was afraid of messing it up.  Thank goodness my dad helped me with this part.  I was too chicken to drill the holes - I just didn't want to screw it up! I used clear, green glass handles for the drawers and clear, green glass knobs for the door.   And, here is the finished product! I love how it turned out. [...]

Mini corn dogs


Feeding a toddler can be a difficult thing.  (Is a 3 year old still considered a toddler?  For the sake of this post, lets go with yes.)

I know that Miss A would eat macaroni and cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I would let her..... and some days, she comes pretty close to that.  I now buy the Kraft veggie macaroni, so at least she gets some veggies that way.  But other than mac and cheese, I can always count on cottage cheese, fruit and some veggies to make their way into her tummy.  Meat has now become the kicker.  Other than CFA nuggets and chicken fajita meat, she is not a huge fan, so I am trying to come up with creative things for her dinners. 

Last night I made her mini "corn dogs" and she gobbled them right up. I used canned biscuits and mini turkey sausages and baked according to the biscuit directions.  It made about 20, so I have plenty for the next couple of days.  This would even be a fast thing for a breakfast on the go. 

What are some things your toddler loves to eat?  Give me some new ideas!

Hey, Stevie - Vol 2


It has been a while since I did a "Hey, Stevie" post.  Miss A still is in LOVE with Steve and he tolerates her affection about 90% of the time.  And when he get annoyed with her, well.... most of the time she probably had it coming.  :)  A Bears headband and bracelets as earrings.  Stylish.  "Stevie, are you cold?" I did not buy this shirt....  But, I am ok with her wearing it because she still knows to cheer for the correct team.  Go Mavs!  Go Dirk!  Froggy panties.  Steve likes to visit the farm. And watch Bob and Larry DVD's.  Sunglasses are always a popular accessory.  "Hey Stevie, want to check your email?"He looks like he is wearing a bowtie.... it is a headband. "Hey Stevie, look... it lights up!" [...]

Strawberry Dora shampoo


Last night when I was putting Baby N to sleep, I just sat there holding her for an extra 5 minutes.... breathing in that intoxicating smell of freshly bathed baby. There is something about that scent that makes me want to move to a farm and have an entire litter of babies. But then I snap back to reality. I realize that my baby is almost 6 months old. I try to freeze this memory into my mind. Pretty soon the baby shampoo smell will be replaced with strawberry Dora shampoo and she will no longer fall asleep in my arms.

But then something else pretty wonderful happens. That big girl will run in from playing with bubbles in the backyard, wrap her sweaty and dirty little arms around my legs and say "mommy, I love you all the way inside my heart."

And before she runs off to start playing with stickers or books, I make sure to wrap my arms around her and tell her that I also love her deep inside my heart. As I am doing that, I take in the smell of strawberry Dora shampoo, sweat, and the smell of a little girl that has been playing outside all afternoon. I also want to bottle up that sweet, innocent smell and never forget it.

Life with a 3 year old and a 6 month old can sometimes be pretty hectic, but all it takes is a whiff of a sweaty ponytail to remind you that unloading the dishwasher can wait.

Grass Worm


Over the weekend we went to a Living Green Expo.... I am all for recycling my wine bottles and Land's End catalogs, but mainly we went to see the Bubble Lady. This lady was incredible - I am not sure who loved it more - Miss A or us. And in case you were wondering, Joy dish soap is the best for making homemade bubbles.

After the bubble lady, we checked out some of the exhibits. They had some really cute children's booths and Miss A made some fun little crafts. My favorite was a grass seed worm made out of panty hose and rubber bands.

We go out and water the worm every afternoon and she can't wait for it to start growing.

I think this is such a fun idea, I could see making these every spring or even making them as a fun birthday party project.

Miss A turns 3!


Miss A had her 3rd birthday party a couple of weeks ago and we had a wonderful time celebrating our precious girl!  Her party was held at a big McDonald's and all of the kids were able to play in the huge play area.  The food was provided - all I did was make the decorations and bring cupcakes.  It was a prefect setting for a bunch of rowdy 3 year olds!  One of her favorite books is Olivia the pig, so it only seemed right to throw an Olivia themed party.  Black, white, red, polka dots and stripes were everywhere.  A good friend designed the invitations and I made the address labels and star stickers.  Since the party took place inside the play area, there was not much I needed to do for decor.  You can't tell in the picture, but the letters on her name banner are made from red glitter paper.Here is the main table.  I made all of the cupcake toppers.  All of the other tables had Olivia coloring pages, as well as McD crowns.  And the basket of favors.  As far as a family picture, well.....  the birthday girl was too excited to pose! [...]

Shutterfly Yearbooks


**Shutterfly compensated post**

So, I have an obession with photo books. I make them all the time and I love to flip back through and look at them. I don't really print out pictures, so this is my way of preserving memories. I probably have about 20 books that I have made, from all different sites.

Shutterfly is one of the easiest sites to use, and they now have specialized line of photo yearbooks. I think this is a great way to preserve memories and I plan on ordering these for the girls. It is a wonderful way to keep track of their teacher, friends, classroom, etc. from that year. I know that I enjoy looking back at my old books, and I am sure someday they will want to look back at their old books.
Follow Shutterfly and you can be one of the first to know about new products.

The heart of a child


Today was one of those hectic afternoons where you wish you could be in 3 different places at once. Or at least have a sister wife that could help with the driving around. And just when I was getting kind of frustrated with driving all over creation, Miss A goes and puts everything into perspective for me.

We were driving down the interstate and came upon horrible traffic due to a pretty bad accident. Fire trucks and ambulances were flying by and I asked A if she wanted to say a little prayer for the people involved.

I said "dear Jesus, please be with the people that were in the car accident." and then I hear her sweet voice from the backseat "and please send someone to hold their hand."

Once I wiped the tears from my eyes, I told her that that was a very sweet thing to say. She responded with "momma, when I am scared I want someone to hold my hand. They might want that also." I told her that that was probably Jesus's favorite thing he heard all day.

Her heart is so pure and sweet and I hope it stays that way for as long as possible.

What Is on My Phone


A couple weeks ago we tried out this new burger joint - Goodfriend. They have some great burgers, but what I really loved was that they have wine on tap. And, they bring you a generous sized sample to test out the different wines. I spotted this princess wand over the holidays and decided I needed to recreate it for Miss A. Have not done so yet, but it is on the list. I saw this frosting recipe on Pinterest and thought it looked good. I pin stuff all the time, but hardly ever go back and look at my boards, so if I really like an idea or recipe, I just take a screen shoot.This is a really sweet book to read to your kids. If you don't have it, go get it.I went to the Smocked Auctions warehouse sale a couple weeks ago and it was a mad house, but I managed to get a couple cute dresses for the girls. The girls will be matching in their pink poodle and cheerleader dresses. An artist friend is working on a custom piece for A and N. Here is a sample sketch that she sent me - love it!I have been collecting charms for years and years, yet I cannot remember the last time I wore my charm bracelet. I think I am going to add it to the arm party mix.My BIL introduced me to this wine last weekend. It has a screw top and is about $10 for 1.5L.... plus, it is really good. I made a double recipe of taco soup this afternoon and here is the aftermath. It is like a can cemetary.The girls sent Valentine cards to our family.... aren't they cute? [...]

In the Middle of the Night - Part 2


Motherhood makes me crazy. I talked about this when Miss A was a baby - I think it is those middle of the night feedings that mess with my mind. When she little I used to think about what would happen if she and I had to jump from her 2 story window, due to an intruder or fire.

And now with Baby N, I am just as crazy. We just got a new video monitor and lately I have had this totally irrational and crazy thought.... What if I look at the screen and see someone in her room?

I am going to blame it on the hormones because I am normally not this paranoid. These wacky thoughts only happen in the middle of the night. The only person I want to see on the screen is this little girl.

Stormy Night


Goodness, it has been a long time since I did a post. Oops. I guess life just got in the way.

Have you seen this new Revlon Colorstay polish? If not, go buy a bottle this weekend.

I read some online reviews of it and the 3 step system is supposed to give you a "gel like finish" that will last up to 11 days. (I've tried out the gel manicure and I was not a fan.) I did my toes the other day and my fingers today and so far, so good. It dries quickly and stays super shiny. My fingers always seem to chip within a day or so, so it ywill be interesting to see how this wears. My toes still look perfect and I am on day 4.

I am going to pick up another color next time I am at the store.... This stuff seems to be just that good.

These are my own thoughts... This is not a compensated review.

Valentine's Day Cards


(image) When I was in elementary school, we would always have a class Valentine's Day party. In the days leading up the the party, we would decorate shoe boxes or brown paper bags and everyone would get to leave notes or cards for each other. My favorite part of the party was getting to decorate the bags and then as I got older, I loved checking to see if my crush sent me a valentine.

And yes, I even made my fair share of the "check yes or no" red, heart shaped cards.
(image) Now, I have 2 girls that will someday be making their own pink, glittery, heart shaped v-day cards. I can hardly wait until my kitchen table is covered in paper remnants, little glittery glue fingerprints and cupid stickers. But, until I can trust them with scissors and glue, I will be ordering their Valentine's Day cards from Tiny Prints.
Aren't these adorable? Now comes the hard part - getting both girls to sit still long enough to get a picture of them both smiling.
Follow Tiny Prints on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest if you want to see other cute cards.
**This is a sponsored post. These thoughts are my own, yet Tiny Prints hooked me up with some V-day cards for my girls. **

January Photo Challenge - Day 13


Day 13 - In your bag

And today that would be a grocery bag with a gallon of milk.

January Photo Challenge - Day 12


Day 12 - Close up

The first photo is the close up of my scarf ... And then the scarf being worn.

January Photo Challenge - Day 10


Day 10 - Childhood

NKOTB, Mario Brothers, Barbie Corvette and My Little Pony ... The toys of my childhood.

January Photo Challenge - Day 9


Day 9 - Daily Routine

My daily routine is anything but routine, but there are a couple things that are standard - makeup, coffee, diaper bag and laundry.

And, these two little munchkins.

January Photo Challenge - Day 8


Day 8 - Your sky

Today was a super overcast day- it looked like it could rain at any minute, yet didn't. I took this as were driving home from lunch - Eno's in Bishop Arts. If you ever go there, I suggest the Central Pie.